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The country's prime export is people. But is migration a real development strategy?

Been bloghoppin' and cames across an interesting article linked via the blog I visited.
Filipino world domination? Nakakalungkot lang isipin..tsk, tsk, tsk...

Some of the highlights
-But the Philippines does play a visible role in the global economy, thanks largely to a single export commodity—its people. According to the government, 1 million Filipinos will go abroad as contract workers this year, the biggest exodus ever. "The Philippines has already surpassed Mexico as the largest source of migrant labor in the world,

-Filipinos find themselves welcomed around the world as contract employees, both semiskilled and professional. They're laying pipelines in Siberia, mining diamonds in Angola and sailing ships in all the world's oceans. They clean thousands of homes a day from Hong Kong to Dubai to London; Bahrain's prime minister employs some 50 Filipinos in his own household

-"One of the defining characteristics of the Philippine middle class," says a senior Western economist in Manila, "is that they all want to get out."

-As Filipinos add to their achievements overseas, it's only a matter of time before the government will face the same question once posed to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi: How is it that Indians succeed everywhere but in their home country?

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4 Responses to “A Must Read”

  1. Anonymous penovate 

    nakakalungkot isipin. pero gutom ang mga filipino kung hindi sila aalis sa pilipinas magugutom at mamamatay silang nakadilat ang mga mata.

    sa tingin ko mahirap at matagal pa para makaahon ang pilipinas na tinaguriang mas advance nung dekada 60, 70 80 sa asya.

    sa saudi nagkaisa ang mga Filipino na mag donate ng mga tahanan sa mga mahihirap sa ating bansa. na nagkakahalanga ng $7million... Imbes na gobyerno ang magpanukala nito mga ofw's pa rin.


  2. Anonymous desertpinoy 

    One day we'll all be coming home with heroes welcome and build our country just like the South Koreans did. Sana di ito Utopian dream..

  3. Anonymous jepaperts 

    we can't let ourselves wait and die for the government to act. instead we try to find ourselves a way to help our family back home and for the benefit of our country's economy.

  4. Anonymous Gina 

    binasa ko yong article tungkol sa pangingibang bansa ng mga Pinoy para doon ay magtrabaho, sa aking sitwasyon umalis ako sa Pinlipinas noong Pebrero 1991. Awa ng Diyos pagkatapos ng 14 na taon sinuwerte naman at nakapasok ako sa Canadian Air Force bilang Aerospace and Telecommunications Technician. Kung hindi ako umalis at pumasok bilang katulong dito sa Canada malamang isa na rin ako sa umaasa sa magulang para buhayin ang sarili kong pamilya. Nakatulong din ako kahit papano sa pagpapaaral sa aking mga kapatid. Alam ko kung gaano kahirap ang buhay lalo na ngayon at marami ang nakawan dahil sa hirap ng buhay at walang trabaho... now, who si to blame? Gobyerno ba natin o mga mamamayan? feel free to email me at unspoken25@shaw.ca

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